• Ocean Activities

    Dozens of islands and islets beckon from the shimmering Pacific beyond our shores... their silhouettes frame the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park, the heart of the larger Gulf of Chiriqui in which Isla Palenque floats.

    Observe this rare Pacific landscape from the comfort of our boat as you embark on daring adventures by diving in along the coral reefs, kayaking through mesmerizing coastal waters, or swimming ashore to indulge in a desert island fantasy on one of the numerous uninhabited island gems.

    Just beyond our island neighborhood, you’ll find legendary sport fishing and clandestine beaches, snorkeling and diving spots -- this is truly the wild west of the Pacific, unknown to all but a few local fisherman, earning it the name “the lost coast.” These protected waters harbor an abundance of sea life: a thrilling catch or unforgettable dive wait just below the surface for your Panama adventure to head out to sea.

    Below is a list of all the ocean tours we offer:*

    *Some tours have limited availability, and all are dependent on the tides and weather conditions. Prior to your arrival, we will contact you personally about the tours that will be scheduled during your visit. No matter which excursions you choose (multiple tour options will be offered on a daily basis, and custom tours are also available), be sure to read our island safety post to ensure a safe Panama adventure within the wilderness of waters surrounding our island sanctuary.

    The playground of nearby islands are better than a movie scene! White and gray sand beaches, aqua blue water, and nobody in sight! [ stayed June 2013 ] "

    Island-Hopping in Gulf of Chiriqui

    Gulf of Chiriqui PanamaExplore the virgin shores of Isla Palenque’s island neighbors in the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park. Our most popular island-hopping tour takes you to two nearby deserted islands for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and beach bumming.

    Difficulty: Easy to Hard | Price: $80

    Island-Hop to Islas Secas

    Islands in Gulf of Chiriqui PanamaOn your island-hopping day-trip to reach Islas Secas, you’ll observe weird wave action and blowhole eruptions as you detour past the rocky isles of Islas Monitas and Punta Bejuca before arriving at your remote island destination. There, you’ll enjoy prime snorkeling, swimming, and hiking on either side of an inspired fire-grilled lunch, with plenty of time to simply kick back and relax. The 60-minute journey back to Isla Palenque provides a drive-by view of Islas Viudas and Islas San Jose, as well as the opportunity to spot jumping fish and rays, sea birds, dolphins and whales.

    Difficulty: Easy to Hard | Price: $120

    Minimum number of participants: 3

    Kayak Islas Ventanas, Linartes, Iglesias

    Coming in 2014

    Kayaks in Gulf of Chiriqui PanamaYou’ll be chauffeured by boat to a string of uninhabited islands ideal for kayaking along uncanny coasts and through rock arches and tunnels. Pull ashore for a light lunch on a hidden beach and spend some time exploring an uninhabited island by hand and foot: rock climbing, coastal exploration, or hiking, as you wish.

    Difficulty: Hard | Price: $80

    Introduction to Sportfishing

    Sportfishing Gulf of Chiriqui PanamaLearn how the Gulf of Chiriqui earned its title as the big game sport fishing capital of the world. From our dock at Playa Giron, you will head out to the nearby islands for a chance to catch Roosterfish and Bonito, Snook, and Mackerel. Any guests’ catches that are not released will be included on our menu at Edén.

    Difficulty: Medium to Hard | Price: $120

    Maximum number of participants: 4

    Whale Watching

    Seasonal

    Whale Watching Gulf of Chiriqui PanamaYou’re not the only one on vacation in the “low” season – August through October brings the humpback whales to the Gulf of Chiriqui. In the warm protected waters surrounding Isla Palenque, the whales give birth and spend a few months teaching their little ones the way of the wild ocean. As the season progresses, the babies show off their new skills -- humpbacks can be spotted breaching and putting on a magnificent show. Dolphins often tag along as well. Witness these incredible creatures, twice the size of our boat, from as close as 30ft. Afterwards, we’ll celebrate the phenomenon with lunch and exploration of a nearby island.

    Difficulty: Easy | Price: $90

    Custom Private Tours

    Contact us to arrange a custom private tour that caters to your particular interest.

    Tour Sizes

    To provide the best experience, we've defined a minimum and maximum number of participants for each of our tours, ranging from 2 to 10 guests depending on the tour.

    The timing of our tours is dependent on the tides -- learn about the tides on Isla Palenque in the blog post: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tides

    *Some tours have limited availability, and all are dependent on the tides and weather conditions. Prior to your arrival, we will contact you personally about the tours that will be scheduled during your visit. No matter which excursions you choose (multiple tour options will be offered on a daily basis, and custom tours are also available), be sure to read our island safety post to ensure a safe Panama adventure within the wilderness of waters surrounding our island sanctuary.

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    The Experience

    A Guide to our Tours

    Easy: Our easy tours are suitable for any age and involve minimal physical exertion such as walking jungle trails at a leisurely pace and hiking small slopes.

    Medium: Our medium tours are fit for individuals of good health and over the age of 8. These tours include more physically challenging activities such as climbing steeper inclines, hiking through dense sections of the island, and at times using one’s hands and feet to maneuver rocky coastal ecosystems.

    Hard: Our most challenging tours are made for those who love to push themselves physically, and usually involve specialized skills (you will learn them as part of the tour) and an hour or more of elevated physical activity such as ocean kayaking or rock- or tree- climbing. The age limit depends on the individual tour and the experience of the individual.


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